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Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter by Diana Souhami (1996-04-25)
Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter by Diana Souhami (1996-04-25) Hardcover SIGNED
Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter by Diana Souhami (1996-04-25) Hardcover SIGNED
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….
Alice Keppel, lover of Queen Victorias son Edward
VIl and great-grandmother to Camilla Parker-Bowles,
was a key figure in Edwardian society. Hers was the
acceptable face of adultery. Discretion was her
hallmark. It was her art to be the Kings Mistress yet
to laud the Royal family and the institution of
marriage. She partnered the King for yachting at
Cowes, horse racing at Ascot, country-house weekends
and spring holidays in Biarritz. She helped him choose
presents for his wife Queen Alexandra and she remained
calmly married to her own husband, George. When
Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936 so that he
could marry the divorcee Wallis Simpson, Mrs
Keppel, dining at the Ritz, was heard to say, Things
were done much better in my day
Her relationship with the King took her to the heart
of Edwardian high society and made her extravagantly
rich. Her daughter Violet admired and feared her. My
dear, our respective mothers take some beating."
Violet wrote in 1918 to her own lover, Vita Sackville-
West. I wonder if I shall ever squeeze as much
romance into my life as she has had in hers; anyhow I
mean to have a jolly good try.
But romance for Violet proved tragic and destructive.
Mrs Keppel would not accept her daughters version
of it. Its passion and recalcitrance threatened the
fabric of her social world. She used all the force at her
command- charm, manipulation, determination,
money - to ensure its repression. Broken eventually
by her mothers superior power, Violet became in later
years a parody of her: living in grand houses,
entertaining lavishly, flirting with princes, telling
flamboyant lies.
From memoirs, diaries and letters, Diana Souhami
portrays this fascinating and intense mother-daughter
relationship. Her story of these women, their lovers
and their lovers' mothers, highlights Edwardian - and
contemporary - duplicity and double standards. It is a
story that goes to the heart of questions about the
monarchy, family values and sexual freedoms.….

Praise for GGERTRUDE AND ALICE:
'A brilliant and witty chronicle of one
of the happiest marriages in modern
literary history. Not only star-studded
but light-illed'
JOHN RICHARDSON,
author of The Life of Picasso
Souhami hits a true note in her
ebullient introduction and sustains it
throughout. Her narrative is terse and
exact and her book, the story of two
serious ladies, is very funny indeed'
LUCY HUGHES-HALJETT, Sunday Times
Praise for GRETA AND CECIL:
Diana Souhami is less interested in the
secrets Garbo withheld than in the
details that betray the woman's
character... she sculpts the narrative
to reflect her elegant ideas on the
worship of images, the blurringof
boundaries between love and art'
MAUREEN FREELY, Observer
'Greta Garbos mysterious, inebriating
allure has always defeated attempts to
reduce it to words. It is no small
achievement then that Diana Souhami
has conveyed an almost palpable
impression of the enchantment of
Garbos beauty'
BRIAN MASTERS,
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